And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:28
There is an article in National Geography published on August 6, 2017 entitled, “Without Bugs We Might All Be Dead”.
I raise this point to support my view that everything God created has a purpose. The ants, the bees, even the slugs, I suppose, have a purpose.
Man too was created with a purpose, a part of which is to accomplish God’s will here on earth. Genesis 1:28, outlined God’s mandate to the first man: be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion. The word “subdue” speaks of controlling the resources of the earth and using them for one’s own benefit and for the service of God and man. This was Adam’s mandate or instructions from God.
God, however, did more than just instructed Adam.
According to the Net Bible study notes, the word “blessed” as used in this verse means that God endowed man “with the capacity to reproduce and be fruitful”. The Amplified bible states that He granted “them certain authority”. He then told them what was expected of them. God instructed Adam, but He also gave him the ability, the authority and the power to fulfill the mandate.
Man’s success was guaranteed. It was a done deal.
God continues to equip us with the capacity to accomplish His desires. Philipians 2:13(AMP) tells us For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. You’ve got the power.
In addition, God has given us His word as a guide to what He desires to accomplish through us. According to 2 Timothy 317 NLT, God uses His word to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Let us honor our God by doing what we believe He has called us to do. According to Ecc 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Let us walk in obedience to the call on our lives.
Later on Jesus was to give another mandate called the Great Commission found in Matt 28. He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us to accomplish that mandate.
When God gives you a mandate, He blesses you, giving you the ability to accomplish the task, and His Spirit empowers you.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 NLT
As Children of God, we have the power.
Prayer – Hebrew 13:21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen